Kaisei Ichirō

Kaisei Ichirō
魁聖 一郎
Kaisei 2010 Sep.JPG
Kaisei in 2010
Personal information
Born Ricardo Sugano
(1986-12-18) December 18, 1986 (age 34)
São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 192 kg (423 lb; 30.2 st)
Career
Stable Tomozuna
Current rank see below
Debut September, 2006
Highest rank Sekiwake (July, 2016)
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
Special Prizes Fighting Spirit (3)
* Up to date as of January 11, 2020.

Kaisei Ichirō (Japanese: 魁聖 一郎, born December 18, 1986 as Ricardo Sugano (菅野 リカルド)) is a third generation Japanese Brazilian professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) from São Paulo, Brazil. Making his debut in September 2006,[1] he reached the top makuuchi division in May 2011.[2][3] His highest rank has been sekiwake. He has been runner-up twice, once in the July 2013 tournament and another in the March 2018 tournament. He has received three Fighting Spirit prizes to date.

Early life and sumo background

In his childhood, Sugano had no interest at all in football, as all his friends did and didn't even bother to watch games on TV. He was more interested in grappling sports, such as judo, which he practiced for a time. When he was sixteen a friend of his father's suggested that his already large size would be very suitable for sumo. He began pursuing sumo and went on to win the all Brazil amateur sumo competition championship in the free weight category. At this time he believed that, at least in Brazilian amateur sumo, all one needed was size and power to win, and decided to travel to Japan to try out sumo. He was introduced to Tomozuna stable through an acquaintance and joined the stable in 2006.[4] The stable was already home to another Brazilian wrestler, Kaishin. He was given the shikona or ring name of Kaisei Ichirō. Ichirō was the name of Kaisei's late grandfather, who was Japanese.[5]

Career

Kaisei moved through the lower divisions quickly, reaching the fourth highest sandanme division in March 2007. He was promoted to the third makushita division after the March 2008 tournament, but then his progress stalled somewhat. He came through the September 2009 tournament undefeated (although he lost a playoff for the yūshō to Gagamaru) and in May 2010 became a sekitori by earning promotion to jūryō. He was the fourth Brazilian to make the jūryō division after Ryūkō, Kuniazuma and Wakaazuma, but Kaisei was to surpass all of them by winning promotion to the top makuuchi division. After winning the jūryō division yūshō in November 2010 with an 11–4 record, he followed up with an 8–7 at jūryō 1 in January 2011, which saw him reach maegashira 16 in the May Technical Examination tournament.

Kaisei won his first six bouts in his makuuchi debut, the first makuuchi debutant to do so since Takanonami in 1991. He went on to 8–0, the first to achieve that since Sadanoumi in 1980, and 9–0, running neck and neck with yokozuna Hakuhō, before suffering his first defeat to Tochinoshin on Day 10. He thus failed to emulate the great Taihō, who reached 11–0 in 1960. Nevertheless, his final score of 10–5 saw him win the Fighting Spirit Award. He was also given the honour of serving as Hakuhō's tsuyuharai, or dew sweeper, during the yokozuna's ring entering ceremony.[5]

Kaisei with Hakuhō and stablemate Kyokutenhō at the Sumiyoshi taisha in March 2012.

He was promoted to maegashira 5 for the July tournament, where he recovered from 1–4 to go to 6–4, but then lost his last five matches to finish on 6–9. With the intai-zumo (retirement from sumo) of ōzeki Kaiō during the same tournament Kaisei become the heyagashira (the highest ranked wrestler) at Tomozuna stable. Disappointing scores of 4–11 and 6–9 in September and November 2011 saw him fall to the bottom of the division. A 5–10 record in the January 2012 tournament meant he suffered demotion to jūryō in March, but he produced a 10–5 record in Osaka, ensuring a return to makuuchi. In July 2012 he scored eleven wins, picking up his second Fighting Spirit Award and earning promotion to maegashira 1. In September he just fell short with a 7–8 record, losing to Hōmashō on the final day. Since then he has largely alternated winning and losing tournaments. Though he has proven his longevity in the top division, it remains to be seen whether he can achieve more consistent performances. He has yet to defeat a yokozuna in more than 30 attempts.

Kaisei made his san'yaku debut in the May 2016 tournament, having been promoted to komusubi on the back of an 11–4 record from the rank of maegashira 7. He is the second wrestler from Tomozuna stable to reach komusubi since the present stablemaster took over in 1989 and the first since Kaiō in 1994.[6] After coming through with an 8–7 record he earned immediate promotion to sekiwake for the following July tournament. In the last three tournaments of 2016 he posted losing records and dropped to maegashira 9 before recording an 8–7 in January 2017.

He injured his knee training with Hakuhō shortly before the March 2017 tournament and had to withdraw from a honbasho for the first time in his career, bringing to an end his run of 739 consecutive matches from debut, the most among active top division wrestlers. He was demoted to the jūryō division for the first time since 2012 after the May 2017 tournament, but made an immediate return to makuuchi after scoring 10–5 at the rank of jūryō 1 in July. In the September 2017 tournament, at West Maegashira #13, he managed to get a record of 9–6. Being promoted to East Maegashira #10 for the November 2017 tournament, Kaisei finished with a record of 8–7. In January 2018, at West Maegashira #8, Kaisei finished 8–7. The March 2018 Tournament saw Kaisei promoted to East Maegashira #6 where he won his first 9 matches, only to lose to Ichinojo on day 10. On day 13 Kaisei was brought up to face yokozuna Kakuryu where he lost. Kaisei finished off the tournament with a 12–3 record, being a runner-up to Kakuryu, with fellow runner-up Takayasu. This marks the second time that Kaisei was runner-up. Kaisei also got the Fighting Spirit Prize, his third time claiming that prize.

In November 2018 Kaisei returned to the sanyaku ranks at komusubi for the first time in 13 tournaments.[7] However, he was restricted by a left calf injury suffered in training shortly before the tournament, missing the first two days and then withdrawing on Day 14 with only three wins, after aggravating the injury.[8] He was also forced to withdraw from the May 2019 tournament after injuring his right bicep tendon against Ryūden on Day 7. Fighting at maegashira 15 in July, he injured his right arm and eventually withdrew on Day 11 with only one win, resulting in his demotion to jūryō.[9] He returned to the top division after an 11–4 record in November 2019.

Kaisei obtained Japanese citizenship in November 2014 and has indicated he would like to stay in sumo as a coach after his eventual retirement from competition.

Family

Kaisei announced in July 2020 that he had got married the previous month to a woman in her 20s after a five year relationship.[10]

Fighting style

Kaisei's favoured techniques are listed at the Sumo Association as migi-yotsu (a left hand outside, right hand inside grip on the opponent's mawashi), yori (forcing) and oshi (pushing). His most common winning kimarite are straightforward: yori-kiri (force out) and oshi dashi (push out).

Career record

Kaisei Ichirō [11]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
2006 x x x x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #35
6–1
 
2007 West Jonidan #66
6–1
 
West Sandanme #96
4–3
 
West Sandanme #75
6–1
 
West Sandanme #18
2–5
 
West Sandanme #42
3–4
 
West Sandanme #56
3–4
 
2008 East Sandanme #69
6–1
 
West Sandanme #14
5–2
 
West Makushita #52
5–2
 
West Makushita #35
4–3
 
West Makushita #29
2–5
 
East Makushita #50
3–4
 
2009 West Makushita #60
3–4
 
East Sandanme #15
5–2
 
West Makushita #52
5–2
 
East Makushita #31
2–5
 
West Makushita #46
7–0–P
 
West Makushita #6
3–4
 
2010 East Makushita #10
5–2
 
West Makushita #5
5–2
 
West Makushita #2
5–2
 
East Jūryō #12
8–7
 
East Jūryō #4
7–8
 
East Jūryō #6
11–4–PP
Champion

 
2011 East Jūryō #1
8–7
 
West Maegashira #16
Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
West Maegashira #16
10–5
F
East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
East Maegashira #8
4–11
 
East Maegashira #14
6–9
 
2012 East Maegashira #16
5–10
 
West Jūryō #4
10–5
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #8
11–4
F
West Maegashira #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #2
7–8
 
2013 West Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
3–12
 
East Maegashira #14
8–7
 
East Maegashira #12
11–4
 
West Maegashira #4
7–8
 
West Maegashira #5
7–8
 
2014 West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
5–10
 
West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #4
7–8
 
2015 East Maegashira #5
7–8
 
West Maegashira #6
5–10
 
East Maegashira #11
10–5
 
West Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
6–9
 
East Maegashira #7
9–6
 
2016 West Maegashira #3
5–10
 
West Maegashira #7
11–4
 
East Komusubi #1
8–7
 
East Sekiwake #1
7–8
 
East Komusubi #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #2
3–12
 
2017 East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
East Maegashira #8
3–7–5
 
West Maegashira #15
7–8
 
East Jūryō #1
10–5
 
West Maegashira #13
9–6
 
East Maegashira #10
8–7
 
2018 West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
12–3
F
West Maegashira #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #4
9–6
 
West Maegashira #1
8–7
 
West Komusubi #1
3–9–3
 
2019 East Maegashira #8
10–5
 
East Maegashira #1
3–12
 
East Maegashira #8
3–5–7
 
West Maegashira #15
1–10–4
 
East Jūryō #8
9–6
 
East Jūryō #5
11–4–PP
 
2020 West Maegashira #16
8–7
 
East Maegashira #14
8–7
 
East Maegashira #10
Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
East Maegashira #10
6–9
 
West Maegashira #12
7–8
 
West Maegashira #12
6–9
 
2021 East Maegashira #16
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
x x x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Kaisei Ichiro - Rikishi Profile". Nihon Sumo Kyokai. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  3. ^ "Ricardo Sugano alcança categoria top de sumô". ebc.com.br. 2001-06-14. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  4. ^ 【Nagoya tournament】Kaisei, Brazil native, not very interested in the world cup, July 6th 2014 Sports Houchi news Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Brazilian-born Kaisei making waves in debut". Japan Times. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ "2016 May Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke Topics". Japan Sumo Association. May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  7. ^ "2018 November Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke Topics". Japan Sumo Association. Archived from the original on 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  8. ^ "魁聖が再休場 九州場所" (in Japanese). The Mainichi. 24 November 2018. Archived from the original on 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Takayasu pulls out of Nagoya Basho, leaving tournament without an ozeki". Japan Times. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  10. ^ "魁聖が"速攻"結婚 交際5年…プロポーズから婚姻届提出までわずか「1週間くらい」". Yahoo! Japan (in Japanese). 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Kaisei Ichiro Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2011-07-18.

External links

  • Kaisei Ichirō's official biography (English) at the Grand Sumo Homepage

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